The House Passed a Bill to Renew a Controversial Foreign Surveillance Tool
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to maintain the National Security Agency’s warrantless Internet surveillance program.
What happened: Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allows the NSA to collect electronic communications of “non-U.S. persons” who are “reasonably believed” to be outside the country, is due to expire next week. The House voted to approve its renewal for six years.
But: Senate approval and a Trump signature are both required before the deadline for it to remain law.
The case for: Reuters says that the White House and intelligence agencies consider the tool “indispensable” for surveillance.